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Metal News for February 25, 2008

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33 news articles posted on this day.

TVT To File For Bankruptcy, Trent Reznor Is Happy

TVT Records, once hailed as Billboard's top independent label will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week, company head Steve Gottlieb tells Billboard.com. "This is not the end of TVT," he insists. Founded in New York in 1985, TVT rose to notoriety after releasing music by Nine Inch Nails and KMFDM. Other notable heavy artists on the label's roster have included Sevendust and Bobaflex. In recent years, however, the label has focused on hip-hop, scoring a series of hits with artists such as Lil Jon, Pitbull and Ying Yang Twins,

TVT Music Publishing will not be closed, according to Gottlieb. "That's the only part that hasn't had layoffs," says a source. "People have left and they haven't hired new replacements, but everyone I know in publishing as of yesterday is still working. Although, the people still remaining are just there to fill orders and deal with overdue accounts payable."

TuneLabMusic.com reports that Nine Inch Nails front-man Trent Reznor is delighted TVT Records has filed for bankruptcy, after falling out with the company in the early 90s. Reznor fell out with the firm following a series of disputes over producers, single releases and royalties. In 1992, the he reached an agreement with TVT allowing him to leave the label while still paying a small amount of proceeds.

Reznor can’t help but revel in the news that the company is in trouble. He wrote on his website: “You’re gonna get yours. Not ALL news in the music industry is bad these days.” The star linked his statement to an article about the collapse of TVT.

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Final Drive Releases Discography Online For Free

St. Louis, Missouri rock-n-metal 5-piece band Final Drive has released their entire discography online for free. Final Drive have cut their teeth on multiple nationwide tours with such acts as 3 Inches of Blood and Satryicon and had a breif stint of fame being one of the finalists on MTV's 'Battle for Ozzfest' reality show.

Final Drive has released their entire previously recorded discography for free on their MySpace page and official website. Each album download comes with mp3s, album artwork, lyrics, and liner notes.

Included for free download are the following releases:

2003 demos titled 'In the Beginning, There Were Three'
2004's 'Good Things Come To Those We Refuse To Wait'
2006's 'Final Drive to The Rend' split with The Rend
2008's Unreleased 'The Firebrand Sessions'

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Deadsea Planning Tour, Shopping For Label

Doom metal band Deadsea's latest self-titled release is out on Chrome Leaf Records. Extensive touring in 2008 is already being mapped out. DEADSEA are label shopping their newest opus in hopes of garnering interest to a larger audience.

You can download the MP3 of the song "Killing Faith (Crying Death)" here.

Here are Deadsea's latest tour dates:

03/08/2008 Bourbon Street - Columbus, OH w/ Weedeater, Teeth of the Hydra
04/04/2008 Thursday's - Akron, OH w/ Beast, Nihlitia
04/05/2008 Ruby's - Columbus, OH w/ Beast, Nihlitia
04/18/2008 Ruby Tuesday - Columbus, OH w/ Dead Child, Sword Heaven

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Dragonlord Announce California Tour Dates

DRAGONLORD, the San Francisco-based black metal band featuring Eric Peterson (guitar, vocals; TESTAMENT), Gian Pyres (guitar; ex-CRADLE OF FILTH), Derrick Ramirez (bass), Lyle Livingston (keys) and Jon Allen (drums; SADUS, ex-TESTAMENT), has scheduled the following dates:

March 09 - Hard Rock Live - Mexico City, Mexico (with DUBLIN DEATH PATROL)
April 17 - Betty's Rock Bar - Walnut Creek, CA
April 18 - Angeles Roadhouse - Apple Valley, CA
April 19 - Tremors - Riverside, CA
April 20 - Fat Cat - Modesto, CA

DRAGONLORD's sophomore album, "Black Wings of Destiny", was released in the U.S. in October 2005 via Escapi Music. The follow-up to 2001's "Rapture" (Spitfire Records) was recorded and mixed by Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY) at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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Bury Your Dead Post Another New Song Online

Boston-based hardcore/metal band BURY YOUR DEAD has posted another new song, entitled "Wombdisease", on the group's MySpace page. The track comes off BURY YOUR DEAD's new self-titled album, which is scheduled for release on March 18 via Victory Records. The CD was recorded at Florida's Audiohammer Studios, the exact facility where their previous release, "Beauty and the Breakdown", was conceived. BURY YOUR DEAD also brought back producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, GOD FORBID), continuing with the theme of tradition. BURY YOUR DEAD drummer Mark Castillo previously stated, "All I have to say is the new BURY YOUR DEAD isn't what people are going to expect. You really have to hear this."

"Bury Your Dead" track listing:

01. Sympathy Orchestra
02. Disposably Yours
03. Fever Dream
04. Infidels Hymn
05. Angel With A Dirty Face
06. Hands To Hide The Shame
07. Wombdisease
08. A Devils Ransom
09. Dust To Dust
10. Fools Gold
11. Year One

Milwaukee cops last week arrested a 19-year-old man accused of being part of a hammer- and bat-wielding mob that attacked BURY YOUR DEAD guitarist Eric Ellis after a local show.

According to BostonHerald.com, police say at least five men toting bats and hammers approached Ellis outside the club following the February 16 concert and snatched a bag of jewelry from him. Ellis chased the thieves and was assaulted, Milwaukee police spokesman Officer Bobby Lindsey said.

In a statement, the band said the attack was part of a "gang initiation." Lindsey said police have no evidence the incident was gang-related but the probe is ongoing.

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Death Angel Post More New Album Samples Online

Nuclear Blast have unveiled a new DEATH ANGEL website featuring samples of all tracks from the band's new album, Killing Season, along with a new eCard and pre-order details.

Killing Season is due out on February 26, 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records, the CD was recorded at Studio 606 in Northridge, California with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who has previously worked with FOO FIGHTERS, RUSH, VELVET REVOLVER, SHADOWS FALL and STONE SOUR, among other acts.

Killing Season tracklisting: 'Lord Of Hate', 'Sonic Beatdown', 'Dethroned', 'Carnival Justice', 'Buried Alive', 'Soulless', 'The Noose', 'When Worlds Collide', 'God Vs God', 'Steal The Crown', 'Resurrection Machine'.

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Opeth Frontman To Appear On New Ihsahn Album

OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has recorded a guest appearance on the track "Unhealer" from the forthcoming solo album from former EMPEROR vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn, entitled "angL".

Commented Ihsahn: "We've been talking about doing something for a while and I'm really happy it finally came together. Needless to say, Mikael's performance is nothing short of amazing!"

Asgeir Mickelson and Lars Norberg (both of SPIRAL ARCHITECT) were responsible for laying down the drum and bass tracks on the CD, respectively. Ihsahn said, "Asgeir and Lars have delivered a rock-solid foundation for the whole album. Pounding blast-beats to slow fretless passages are all performed with great precision."

"angL" is tentatively due mid-spring via Mnemosyne Productions/Candlelight Records.

Ihsahn previously described the musical direction of the new CD as "a natural progression from 'The Adversary' [2006], but with a somewhat heavier touch."

"The Adversary" entered the Norwegian album chart at position No. 33 upon its release in 2006. The CD was written and recorded over a one-year period at Symphonique Studios in Norway and features a guest appearance by Garm from ULVER on one song. All music and lyrics for "The Adversary" were written and performed by Ihsahn with exception of drums, which were played by Asgeir Mickelson (BORKNAGAR, SPIRAL ARCHITECT).

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Sevendust Drop Off Rock Star Energy Mayhem Tour

SEVENDUST has cancelled its participation in this summer's inaugural Rockstar Energy Mayhem tour "due to changes in [the group's] touring schedule," according to a statement released by the band. No further information is currently available.

Rockstar Energy Mayhem is being headlined by SLIPKNOT and DISTURBED, with some of hard music's most influential artists and a plethora of the genre's most exciting young voices completing the bill. The tour is set to kick off July 9 at the White River Amphitheatre in Seattle and will hit 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada between early July and late August.

SEVENDUST will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline", hosted by Bob Coburn, airing Monday, March 17 at 11:30 p.m. EST/8:30 p.m. PST. Fans can talk live with SEVENDUST by calling 800-344-ROCK (7625). To find a station near you or to listen to the show live via the Internet, go to www.rocklineradio.com.

A brand new SEVENDUST song, entitled "Prodigal Son", is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The track comes off SEVENDUST's seventh studio album, "Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow", which is due on April 1. The CD was produced by Sean Groove, Morgan Rose and John Connolly at Tree Sounds Studios in Atlanta, Georgia and will mark SEVENDUST's second release through the band's wholly owned record label, 7Bros. Records under Warner Music Group. The disc features guest appearances by singer Chris Daughtry, ALTER BRIDGE frontman Myles Kennedy and ALTER BRIDGE guitarist Mark Tremonti.

Here is the "Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow" track listing:

01. Inside
02. Enough
03. Hope (feat. Mark Tremonti)
04. Scapegoat
05. Fear
06. The Past (feat. Chris Daughtry)
07. Prodigal Son
08. Lifeless
09. Sorrow (feat. Miles Kennedy)
10. Contradiction
11. Walk Away

SEVENDUST will travel to Australia in mid-March to open three shows for OZZY OSBOURNE, before coming home to the U.S. for a spring headlining run of its own.

SEVENDUST will open for Ozzy on March 15 in Melbourne, March 18 in Sydney and March 20 in Brisbane.

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Cavalera Conspiracy Reveal "Sanctuary" Video

Digital channel Scuzz TV are hosting the new CAVALERA CONSPIRACY video, for the track 'Sanctuary'. Check it out below...

Roadrunner Records recently issued the following update:
The wait is over. Many said it would never happen, that Max and Iggor Cavalera, the Brazilian brothers and visionaries that formed the groundbreaking metal band SEPULTURA in 1983 would reunite to make electrifying music together again.

Despite having spent 12 years apart, the inescapable fact remains: Max and Iggor share blood and are musical soulmates. Their time away from each other fostered musical growth leading to the newly inspired metallic magic.

While the Cavalera Conspiracy and their Roadrunner Records debut Inflikted may seem like the closest we'll get to a Sepultura reunion, make no mistake - The Cavalera Conspiracy is it's own maniacal, untamable beast with its own set of rules.

Inflikted hits stores on March 25th, but right now you can head over to newburycomics.com and pre-order the record. For a limited time, everyone who pre-orders will also get a FREE CD booklet signed by Max & Iggor.

Hurry over - supplies are limited.

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Dimmu Borgir Columbus Show To Be Streamed Online

Norwegian symphonic black metal group DIMMU BORGIR will be streaming their concert live on Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 5:00pm (Pacific), 6:00pm (Mountain), 7:00pm (Central), 8:00pm (Eastern) from the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio exclusively at YeboTV.com.

The stream will be free for fans around the world to view right from the comfort of their home computers. Visit this location to register in advance for this exclusive event.

Dimmu Borgir are preparing to launch their North American The Invaluable Darkness Tour Part 2 – Legions Of The Chosen Few, which officially kicks off in Toronto on April 2 and will include a stop at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival in Worchester, MA on April 26.

Fans are encouraged to sign up to the Nuclear Blast USA newsletter to receive the latest updates about the ‘live’ stream, including upcoming special prize giveaway contests on YeboTV.com, and a reminder when the day draws near.

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From Autumn To Ashes Reveal Live Album Details

FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES drummer Jeff Gretz has posted this bulletin on the band's MySpace page:

"'Live At Looney Tunes'... recorded live at Looney Tunes record store in Long Island, NY in January of 2008. For those of you that were at the performance and pre-ordered a copy it's taken a little longer than the store had anticipated (it was too hard for us to approve mixes in Europe so we waited to get it situated until everyone was home). Below is the final track list for the CD. We played a handful of songs at the show that aren't on here, most of them were for them to reset the computer hard drive to capture the performances, so instead of standing around we just played songs we had no intention of including. Everything recorded was used. 10 songs, 40 minutes of live FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES. The only two songs we WANTED to put on but couldn't were 'Sugar Wolf' and 'Take Her To The Music Store' because of a glitch in the computer that didn't catch those two, but that's why we did so many, to play it safe. We ended up having Brian Mcternan mix these (you may know his recording work from the 'Biology' record and from 'Holding A Wolf By The Ears'). This should be sent off to master soon and for those of you that didn't pre-order one or weren't there... we will do our best to get you info on how to get a hold of this before they run out."

Here is the complete track listing for "Live At Looney Tunes":

01. Pioneers
02. Milligram Smile
03. Cherry Kiss
04. Everything I Need
05. Deth Kult Social Club
06. ------------------------
07. Royal Crown vs. Blue Duchess
08. No Trivia
09. Recounts And Recollections
10. Alive Out Of Habit
11. The After Dinner Payback

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Straight Line Stitch To Support Devildriver

Raging Nation Records/KOCH Records artists Straight Line Stitch have announce tour dates with Devildriver, Napalm Death, and 36 Crazy Fists on a 6-week, U.S. tour.

Straight Line Stitch, originally hailing from Knoxville, TN, features Alexis Brown on vocals, Seth Thacker and Tim Chappell on guitar, Jason White on bass, and Patrick Haynes on drums. SLS continue to tour relentlessly, performing between 150 and 200 shows a year for the last 3 years. The band has opened for acts such as Slayer, Killswitch Engage, 3 Inches of Blood, Mastodon and Anthrax, among others, and has also opened dates on the Jagermeister and Vans Warped Tour.

Straight Line Stitch’s new album, "When Skies Wash Ashore," will be released in Summer 2008, and features Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed) on one track. When Skies Wash Ashore is produced by Scrap 60 and Executive Produced by Dale “Rage” Resteghini, who also directed the band’s first video for “Remission.”

Here are the latest Straight Line Stitch tour dates: More...

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Exodus and Soilwork on Fuse TV's "Talking Metal"

This Friday, February 29th at 12 Midnight EASTERN / 9 p.m. PACIFIC, join “Talking Metal” hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy as they host a jam session with Bay Area Thrashers EXODUS in New York and get a Swedish metal lesson from SOILWORK in Los Angeles. You can visit FUSE’s “Talking Metal” website here.

EXODUS just completed a headlining tour in support of their latest album, The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A, with Goatwhore, Arsis, and Warbringer. To check out notes from the last day of the tour, visit lead vocalist Rob Dukes’ MySpace profile here.

SOILWORK will be returning to North America on February 29th for the Scum Of The Earth Tour as direct support for Throwdown through April 3rd in support of their latest release, Sworn To A Great Divide.

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Serj Tankian Speaks On The Body Of War Soundtrack

The Pulse of Radio reports: SYSTEM OF A DOWN vocalist Serj Tankian and PEARL JAM frontman Eddie Vedder have both contributed songs to the soundtrack of "Body of War", a new documentary about a soldier named Tomas Young who was shot and paralyzed from the waist down during his first week of duty in Iraq.

Tankian, who contributed both his own solo song "Empty Walls" and SYSTEM's "B.Y.O.B.", told Spinner.com that he was moved to participate by a letter from Young himself. He explained, "He told his story very simply, yet very powerfully, and I was extremely moved reading his letter. I was also inspired by his courage in taking a stand and speaking out. I knew right away that I wanted to get involved and help get out his message in any way I could, and what better way than through music?"

Vedder's song, "No More", was written exclusively for the film and recorded last year at the Lollapalooza festival. He told The Pulse of Radio that PEARL JAM has heard from numbers of Iraq veterans and/or their families. "We've gotten letters, I've talked to different people that have lost kids to this war," he said. "A lot of them are between the ages of 19 and 24. I'd said the majority are 19 and 25, or 26, 27. What were the reasons we went, how do we get out, when do we get out, who's profiting from this, and will we let this happen again...those are the questions that it raises for us."

The "Body of War" soundtrack also features contributions from RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello, Neil Young and others. The two-CD set arrives on March 18, but can be pre-ordered at bodyofwarmusic.com. The movie will also premiere sometime next month.

Serj Tankian is currently opening for FOO FIGHTERS as he tours in support of his first solo album, "Elect The Dead". Eddie Vedder will embark on his first-ever solo tour in April, in support of the soundtrack CD for the film "Into the Wild", for which Vedder wrote and recorded nine new songs. He'll begin the trek on April 2 in Vancouver.

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Sikth and Ex-Biomechanical Members Form New Band

The following message has been posted by ex Biomechanical guitarist Jamie Hunt via Myspace:

"My project with Pin (Sikth) and Dan 'Dood' Veall has now been named - Within the Void!!!! Music shall be appearing asap.

Add our official page www.myspace.com/withinthevoiduk

We are looking for a drummer and vocalist to complete the line-up, if you want to be involved please email us at withinthevoid@googlemail.com but be aware this project is extremely challenging and you will need the talent and dedication to cut the mustard."

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Eternal Flight To Be Broadcast Live In Studio

Melodic power/prog metal band Eternal Flight will be live in the studio Thursday the 28th of February at 10pm on the French radio Perrine Fm on the show http://www.rockenfolie.com/. After a 30 minute set, the band and will give details through an interview about the last album "Under the sign of will" released by Nightmare records in the USA, Canada and Central America. The interview will be in French.

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Cataract Post New Song Online For Download

Swiss metalcore act CATARACT has made a new song, "The Separation Of Life And Time", available for download at this location. The track comes off the group's self-titled fifth full-length album, which is scheduled for release in Europe on March 25 via Metal Blade Records. According to a press release, this CD is by far the band's most progressive to date, showing a lot more variety by adding a lot of brutality and speed but also more melody and heaviness. The massive production of Tue Madsen rounds off the package, which will be available in three editions: as a regular CD, as a limited-edition CD with a bonus disc (for which the band recorded a whole bunch of cover songs) and as a picture disc on vinyl (limited to 500 copies).

"Cataract" (cover artwork) track listing:

01. The Separation Of Life And Time
02. Blackest Hour
03. Snake Skin
04. Choke Down
05. Deathwish
06. Burn At The Stake
07. Tonight We Dine In Hell
08. Breeze Of The Kings
09. Doomed Steps
10. In Ashes

Track Listing - Bonus CD (in no particular order):

CRO-MAGS - World Peace
INTEGRITY - Vocal Test
MADBALL - Smell The Bacon
MÖTLEY CRÜE - Kickstart My Heart
SLAYER - Postmortem
PANTERA - Fuckin' Hostile
SEPULTURA - Refuse/Resist
OBITUARY - Redneck Stomp
RAMONES - Blitzkrieg Bop

CATARACT recently announced the addition of bassist Nico Schläpfer (END OF SUFFERING, TIMOR) to the group's ranks.

The band has scheduled a CD-release and 10th-anniversary concert on March 20 at Rohstofflager in Zürich, Switzerland.

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Pain Mainman Talks About Assault In Leipzig

PAIN members Peter Tägtgren (guitar/vocals), Johan Husgafvel (bass) and David Wallin (drums) were assaulted Friday night (February 22) in Leipzig, Germany during a day off on the band's European tour as the support act for NIGHTWISH. As a result, the group was forced to cancel Saturday's concert in Leipzig, but the bandmembers quickly picked themselves up and were back on stage on Sunday.

"We did the best we could," Tägtgren said of the post-attack gig, according to Sweden's The Local.

"We were the wrong people at the wrong place at the wrong time," explained Peter, who required ten stitches for cuts to his face.

As it was their day off, the singer, Husgafvel and Wallin spent the evening at some local bars.

While they were walking down the street looking for a taxi, three men attacked them from behind.

"Sometimes things like this happen. We have no idea who they were, but it was really dodgy," Tägtgren told The Local.

The bandmembers, who were taken completely by surprise, were left severely beaten and bruised.

Afterwards a passerby recognized them and drove them to the hospital.

Husgafvel suffered a broken nose and Wallin, who was hit in the head with a wine bottle, ended up with concussion and stitches to the side of his head.

"The body gets a shock. Johan is full of kicks and bruises. David and I are dizzy as hell," Tägtgren told The Local.

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Vital Remains To Tour With Monstrosity

VITAL REMAINS and MONSTROSITY will team up for the following dates:

Mar. 26 - New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
Mar. 27 - Boston, MA @ The Middle East
Mar. 28 - Hawthorne, NY @ Victors
Mar. 29 - Kenosha, WI @ UW Parkside (MONSTROSITY only w/ MACABRE)
Mar. 30 - Superior, WI @ Tyomies (MONSTROSITY only)
Apr. 01 - Bowling Green, OH @ Howards Club H
Apr. 02 - Lansing, MI @ Macs
Apr. 03 - Milwaukee, WI @ Vnuks
Apr. 04 - Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
Apr. 05 - South Bend, IN @ Elvas
Apr. 06 - Indianapolis, IN @ Zanies
Apr. 07 - St.Paul, MN @ TBA
Apr. 08 - Cedar Rapids, IA @ The Picador
Apr. 09 - Tulsa, OK @ Otherside
Apr. 10 - Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
Apr. 11 - Denver, CO @ Majestic
Apr. 12 - Ogden, UT @ Kamikazes
Apr. 13 - Portland, OR @ Rock n Roll Pizza
Apr. 14 - Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
Apr. 15 - Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House
Apr. 16 - Reno, NV @ Island Oasis
Apr. 17 - Modesto, CA @ Fat Cats
Apr. 18 - Fresno, CA @ Exit
Apr. 19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory (LA Murderfest)
Apr. 22 - El Paso, TX @ Chics
Apr. 23 - Dallas, TX @ Red Blood
Apr. 24 - Carbondale, IL @ Mugsys (MONSTROSITY only)
Apr. 25 - Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
Apr. 26 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium (New England Metal and HC Fest)
Apr. 27 - Yonkers, NY @ The Haunt

Restrain Records last year released a high-quality double-vinyl presentation of VITAL REMAINS' latest abum, "Icons of Evil". The set includes 'brutal blasphemy spread over three sides, with the fourth side bearing an engraving," according to the band. "Comes in a gatefold cover with printed lyric sleeves!"

A sample clip from the VITAL REMAINS DVD, entitled "Evil Death Live", can be viewed below. The disc includes footage of VITAL REMAINS' performance at the Metalmania Festival 2007 on April 24, 2007 in Katowice, Poland as well as an interview with Tony Lazaro (one of the band's founders) and Dave Suzuki, live bootleg material and many other surprises. Also available is a limited DVD+CD swing case edition, featuring a bonus CD containing songs recorded at the Metalmania gig. More...

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To-Mera Part Ways With Bassist

TO-MERA, the U.K.-based dark progressive metal band fronted by former WITHOUT FACE vocalist Julie Kiss, has parted ways with bassist Lee Barrett (ex-EXTREME NOISE TERROR, DISGUST, MUSSOLINI HEADKICK). It was a decision made at the beginning of the year and a replacement is already in place.

Commented Lee: "I've had a great time playing with the band, but unfortunately my 'real-life' work dictated that I was unable to fulfil any possible future touring or musical commitments. It was only fair to the rest of the band that I left now rather than encounter any potential scheduling conflicts at a later date. I shall hopefully still be involved behind the scenes and taking care of the band's day-to-day business as I have been before, so I'll still be sticking around."

Barrett's replacement in TO-MERA is Mark Harrington, also of DEMAGOGUE.

TO-MERA released its sophomore album, "Delusions", on February 18 via Candlelight Records.

Regarding the new CD's musical direction, Barrett previously said, "All the elements present on [last year's "Transcendental"] have been greatly expanded upon. The music will display a much greater range of moods, tempos and dynamics (ranging from fragile subtlety to epic bombast via everything in between), whilst being simultaneously more sophisticated, yet more melodic and coherent than before. Julie's vocals have become substantially more versatile and powerful. There will be loads more guitar and keyboard (even drum!) solos. But most importantly, we feel this music has a much deeper and more genuine emotional impact to it."

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Arch Enemy Announce More Tour Dates

More dates have been released for the upcoming tour featuring ARCH ENEMY, DARK TRANQUILLITY, DIVINE HERESY, and FIREWIND:

May 10 - Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre
May 11 - New York, NY @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
May 16 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
May 17 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
May 19 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
May 20 - Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
May 27 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
May 29 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
May 30 - Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues

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Suffocation Announce More U.S. Shows

New York death metal legends SUFFOCATION have lined up the following U.S. tour dates for July:

July 13 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
July 14 - Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
July 15 - South Bend, IN @ Elva’s Fiesta Club
July 17 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
July 18 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
July 19 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
July 20 - Urbana, IL @ The Canopy Club (Central Illinois Metalfest)
July 21 - Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
July 22 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall

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Nile, Grave And Belphegor To Tour Europe

NILE, GRAVE, and BELPHEGOR will team up for the following European tour dates later this year:

September 1 - Bratislava, SLA @ Randall
September 2 - Wien, AUT @ Arena
September 3 - Budapest, HUN @ A38
September 4 - Ljubljana, SLO @ Media Park
September 5 - Belgrade, SER @ SKC
September 6 - Bucarest, ROM @ Studio Martin
September 7 - Sofia, BUL @ Black Box
September 10 - Bologna, ITA @ Estragon
September 11 - Marseille, FRA @ T.B.A.
September 12 - Vitoria, SPA @ Azkena
September 13 - Porto, POR @ Caos Emergente Festival
September 14 - Sevilla, SPA @ Sala Q
September 16 - Madrid, SPA @ Caracol
September 17 - Barcelona, SPA @ Salamandra 1
September 19 - London, UK @ Underworld
September 20 - Peterborough, UK @ The Park
September 21 - Leeds, UK @ Rio’s
September 22 - Wolverhampton, UK @ Wolves Civic
September 23 - Dublin, IRE @ T.B.A.
September 25 - Haarlem, NET @ Patronaat
September 26 - Vosselaar, BEL @ Biebob
September 27 - Essen, GER @ Turock
September 28 - Eindhoven, NET @ Effenaar
September 30 - Aalborg, DEN @ Studenterhuset
October 1 - Orebro, SWE @ Satin
October 2 - Oslo, NOR @ Maiden
October 3 - Goteborg, SWE @ Musikens Hus
October 4 - Malmoe, SWE @ KB
October 5 - Berlin, GER @ K17

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Judas Priest Announce More European Shows

JUDAS PRIEST have updated their tour schedule to announce performances in Slovakia, Holland and Greece.

Their tour itinerary is now as follows:

2 - Icehall - Helsinki, Finland
5 - Sweden Rock - Sölvesborg, Sweden
7 - Trondheim Rock Festival - Trondheim, Norway
8 - Bergenshall - Bergen, Norway
11 - Rockhal - Luxembour
13 - 15 - Nova Rock Festival - Nickelsdorf, Austria
16 - Incheba - Bratislavia, Slovakia (New Date
17 - Cez Arena - Ostrava, Czech Republic
20 - Kobetamendi Festival - Bilbao, Spain
22 - Fields Of Rock Festival - Holland (New Date)
23 - Philipshalle - Dusseldorf, Germany
24 - Zenith - Munich, Germany
27 - Graspop Metal Meeting - Dessel, Belgium
28 - Bang Your Head - Balingen, Germany
29 - Gods Of Metal - Bologna, Italy

1 - Smederevo Festival, Belgrade, Serbia
2 - Dom Sportova, Zagreb, Croatia
3 - Liberec Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
9 - Rockwave Festival - Athens, Greece (New Date)
13 - Kaliakra Arena - Istanbul, Turkey

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All Shall Perish Check In

California-based death metallers ALL SHALL PERISH check in with the following update:

"A lot of people have been writing as well as leaving ridiculous comments on MySpace asking about the new album, so we thought we would be nice guys and drop a little ASP Recording Progress update on that ass. :)

For the past 2 - 3 months, our schedule has consisted of waking up at the crack of dawn, meeting at the practice room and creating music for 12 hours straight. We have probably created enough music and riffs to fill up 2 CDs, but after running it through the famous "ASP Shit Filter" only the best of the material will end up on the new disc. Unlike many bands, ASP have all sacrificed our lives and jobs to put in the quality time needed to make this new disc all that it can be, and trust me, this disc is going to turn some heads.

Our music is always so hard to describe, because we hate putting it in genre sub-categories... that type of labeling just dumbs down music. We have always written from the heart, rather than writing to sell records or to make it big. On a personal level these new tracks are super intense, crazy, melodic at times and are all played with extreme passion from our hearts. On top of that, Chris' solo work on the tracks so far is some of the most incredible stuff we have ever heard. That kid always blows us away with what he is capable of. By the way, have you guys visited http://www.ItsStoreyTime.com yet? GO NOW!

Have no fear loyal fans, the writing of the new CD is close to completed and we promise not to dissapoint. We head into the recording studio this April to record. Expect studio updates, as well as samples of the new material VERY SOON.

See you on the road!!"

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Carcass Reveal New DVD Trailer

Earache Records report:

Seminal grindcore masters CARCASS have posted a trailer from The Pathologist's Report DVD documentary series, which forms the extra bonus material on the forthcoming reissue of the Necroticism - Descanting The Insalubrious album. Check it out below...

The documentary interviews, filmed in London and Liverpool at the end of 2007, feature the main members of Carcass - Ken Owen, Bill Steer, Jeff Walker and Michael Amott - discussing in-depth the story behind the band's development from gore-soaked grind beginnings to the more refined melodic moments of their later output.

The two and half hours of interviews that comprise The Pathologist's Report have been edited into 30 minute mini-documentaries that will be added as bonus material to each of the band's five studio albums. The first release in the series will be Necroticism - Descanting The Insalubrious, set for release on April 14th in Europe and May 27th in the US.

The release will come housed in a deluxe digi-pak and the first 5,000 copies will come with free band member death scene cards.

The reformed Carcass have confirmed the following festivals this year:

6 - Sweden Rock Festival - Sweden
20 - Hellfest - France
27 - Tuska Open Air - Finland
28 - Gods Of Metal Festival - Italy

2 - Wacken Open Air - Germany
29 - Hole In The Sky - Norway More...

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High On Fire Streaming Concert Online

Woozyfly.com report:

Oakland, California-based band HIGH ON FIRE (Relapse Records) invited the film crew of the new music social networking site Woozyfly.com to film their Europa Night Club show in Brooklyn, NY.

Watching their show you will see why High On Fire puts the "power" in power trio with the distinctive guitar playing and throaty war cry of Matt Pike, Des Kensel's massive drumming and George Rice's thundering bass lines. This is a must see concert.

You can enjoy the concert on Woozyfly.com by clicking here.

High On Fire's 'Rumors Of War' video, the first from the band's Death Is This Communion album, made its Headbanger's Ball debut in December on MTV2. The clip was lensed in Los Angeles by director/producer Soren (UNEARTH, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, GREELEY ESTATES).

High On Fire are also be part of this year's Gigantour, which is scheduled to kick off in North America mid-April and run through the end of May. Headlining the trek will be MEGADETH, with additional support from CHILDREN OF BODOM and JOB FOR A COWBOY.

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Soulfly Guitarist To Play Benefit Show

This Saturday, March 1st, Genki Shock International presents a free, all-ages WSOU Night concert with SOULFLY and CAVALERA CONSPIRACY guitarist Marc Rizzo at Club Europa. Also on the bill are MAHAVATAR, ECHOSTREAM, LEIANA and KIYOMI.

Club Europa is located at 98 Meserole Ave. in Brooklyn, NY. Doors open at 6 PM, show starts at 7 PM. While there is no admission charge, donations will be accepted for the Make A Wish Foundation of Metro New York.

You can find more information here.

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Suspyre Announces New Album Title, Track Listing

New Jersey-based progressive metallers SUSPYRE announced live Saturday, February 16th the title and track listing of their new album, “When Time Fades…” on the Metallicious Mania online radio show with DJ ProgPowerGrrl. Their new single, “Possession” debut was on the radio show. To listen to the interview and song you can go to their myspace page. Cover art for “When Times Fades…” can be seen here. The album will be released in late Summer 2008.

The track listing for Suspyre's "When Time Fades..." is as follows:

01. Possession
02. Evolutions
03. Lighted Endrhyme
04. Maniac Main Point Check
05. Siren
06. Reign
07. Fallen Stars
08. A World With No Measures
09. The Light of the Fire
10. Apparitions
11. Let Freedom Ring
12. Kirtî Dombulî Kumuda

Gregg Rossetti, main composer, says about the album, “[This album] is groovier and the songs are diverse. There is less obnoxious double bass. It is more about colors and sounds and groove, rather than in your face metal. The guitars are more down tuned and heavier riffs, rather than epic. The other stuff we’ve done is more orchestral. There are orchestral parts to this album; it’s just not dominating the songs. It is there for color rather than being bombastic.”

The album was recorded and mixed at Erypsus Studios in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. Album artwork was done by Brazilian designer Gustavo Sazes (FIREWIND, NIGHTRAGE, MYSTIC PROPHECY).

SUSPYRE released its second album, "A Great Divide", in March 2007 on Lance King's (BALANCE OF POWER, PYRAMAZE) label Nightmare Records, but due to the buyout of Navarre Distribution by Koch International, the CD's release date in the USA was delayed until September 11, 2007. SUSPYRE will be releasing a special edition of their first album, “The Silvery Image” on March 4, 2008, which will include the bonus track, “Crimson Shade.”

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Hate Announce Tour Dates and Festivals

Hate has announced the following tour dates and festival appearances, including a Russian tour with Sinful, Act of God, and Little Dead Bertha, and a Polish tour with Crionics, Naumachia, and Devilish Impressions. Tour and festival dates follow:

Featuring HATE, Sinful, Act of God, and Little Dead Bertha

21.04 St. Petersburg
22.04 Moscow
23.04 Orel
24.04 Lipetsk
25.04 Rostov by Don
26.04 Krasnodar
27.04 Stavropol
28.04 Volgograd
29.04 Kursk

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To Kill Finishes New Album

To Kill has completed work on their new album. The effort was recorded by Alex Gomez at Studio HellSmell, and mixed/mastered by Tue Madsen at Antfarm Studio. The group comments:

"We're super satisfied with it and can't wait to play new songs around, hoping you like listening and moshing to them as much as we liked writing new stuff."

The new effort will hit streets this spring through GSR Music.

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Deathwish Japan Launched

A new regional label, Deathwish Japan, has been launched, led by the minds behind Daymare Recordings and Alliance Trax, two of the most respected labels in Japan. This means better distribution, availability, and visibility of Deathwish releases and better Japanese tour opportunities for their affiliated artists.

The label comments: "The Japanese aggressive music community has been extremely supportive of Deathwish since our inception, and we are stoked to finally be able to properly bring our world of releases to Japan. This really is a dream come true for all of us at DW/Malfunction, and we couldn't be happier about the expansion."

This March, Deathwish Japan will unleash its first releases:

Blacklisted "Heavier Than Heaven, Lonelier Than God" CD
Life Long Tragedy "Runaways" CD
Shipwreck a.d. "Abyss" CD
Pulling Teeth "Martyr Immortal" CD
Converge "Unloved And Weeded Out" CD

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Crash Signs New Distribution Deal

Crash Music has announced a new distribution deal with Super D (SDID), based out of Irvine, California. Super D has the world's largest selection of music, movies and games. As the only worldwide wholesaler, they sell to thousands of independent retailers, major chains, online retailers, other wholesalers and specialty retailers.

"Difficulties with our past distributor had set us back and we now look forward to getting back on track," states the label. Crash Music's next release planned under this agreement is the new Metalium album, "Incubus - Chapter Seven," which is due in May.

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